Bahrain's online portal www.bahrain.bh has won Arab GoldenChip Award for its achievement in e- Governance in a ceremony at the MENA ICT Week held in Lebanon under the aegis of Michel Suleiman, President of Lebanon.
The Arab Golden Chip Award is organized by the Union of Arab ICT Associations. The Kingdom of Bahrain participated in the award through its eGovernment portal under the category of Best Online Application in Government. Other contenders for the same award were portals from countries like Syria and the United Arab Emirates.
Bahrain's eGovernment's program includes 167 governmental services, in addition to 67 actual services already available on the eGovernment's portal for four categories (individuals, businesses, government, and visitors) in Arabic and English.
The benefits of this Bahrain's e-Government portal includes numerous ways to reach any online service, ability to search for any online service in Arabic and English, classification of online services into four categories (individuals, businesses, government, and visitors) with a huge database of useful information under each category, compilation of all information related to a online services in one page (such as name of service, information about it, proper use of service before actually doing so).
The portal also provides visitors with the ability to print out the information relevant to their desired service(s) and control the font along with bilingual instructions on converting it into PDF format, in addition there are videos that allow visitors to live the experience of using that particular service and a simplified user interface for easy browsing.